Punjab is set to launch an air ambulance service on highways

LAHORE – In a path-breaking step to transform emergency medical care, the Punjab government is initiating an air ambulance service on highways in the province.

The development was hailed as a “golden chapter” in the history of Punjab by provincial Health Ministers Khawaja Salman Rafique and Khawaja Imran Nazir at a meeting at the Project Management Unit (PMU) on Saturday.

Khawaja Salman Rafique described the air ambulance service as a flagship program of the Punjab government and highlighted its pioneering nature for patient convenience. “For the first time in the history of Punjab, we are launching an air ambulance service, which will ensure quick medical attention in critical cases on highways. Training sessions are underway to equip rescue teams with the latest skills required for this service,” he stated.

Khawaja Imran Nazir highlighted the extensive planning involved. “We have informed DHQ hospitals across the province of the upcoming air ambulance and highway emergency services. Ensuring the supply of medicines and doctors to remote hospitals is a priority. We are committed to providing the highest quality treatment to our people,” he affirmed.

The meeting was attended by key officials including Health Minister Punjab Ali Jan Khan, Emergency Services Secretary Punjab Dr. Rizwan Naseer, Special Secretary Muhammad Iqbal of the Primary and Secondary Health Department, and Additional Secretaries Khizr Afzal and Muhammad Ayaz. Health Minister Ali Jan Khan and Dr. Rizwan Naseer provided detailed information on the progress and implementation of the initiative. The air ambulance service is expected to significantly reduce emergency response times on highways, improving overall health care in the region.